eftpos acting chief executive Paul Jennings said eftpos on Android Pay would "provide eftpos mobile payments to cardholders, with secure access to their own money in real time and less likelihood of being surcharged".
The service will use "Australia’s first domestic Token Service Provider (TSP) for increased security, by removing confidential consumer card data from the eftpos payment network and replacing it with a unique payment token".
The eftpos TSP, which was built in partnership with Rambus, "enables eftpos to generate and manage its own payment tokens, facilitating secure digital payment experiences for eftpos cardholders".
ANZ and eight Cuscal-sponsored credit unions and banks are offering customers the choice of using eftpos on Android Pay, including People’s Choice Credit Union, Sydney Credit Union, Woolworths Employee’s Credit Union, CUA, Nexus Mutual, and FCCS.
Jennings said: “Almost two million cardholders will now have the capability to make eftpos payments on their Android mobile devices. This will bring the convenience of secure, in store mobile payments to many Australians for the first time.
“We are thrilled to team up with Google, ANZ and Cuscal to provide customers with access to their own money via their Android mobiles at the shops, with added benefits such as the ability to track their bank balances in real time.”
So, how do you use the service?
Cardholders simply need to download Android Pay at the Google Play Store and follow the prompts.
Pali Bhat, vice-president of Product Management, Payments, Google, said: "We're excited to bring the security and simplicity of mobile payments via eftpos for Android device owners in Australia.
"Using Android Pay is more secure — and much faster — than rummaging through your wallet for a plastic card. That’s why we've worked with eftpos to enable Android Pay at almost 800,000 contactless payment terminals in Australia where people can seamlessly Tap & Pay with eftpos using their Android devices."
Adding his comments on the new mobile payment option is ANZ managing director of Products, Bob Belan, who said: “This is great news for our eftpos cards customers who can now also use Android Pay to easily make secure payments at contactless terminals.
“Our customers are using mobile payments in growing numbers, and we are pleased be working with eftpos in offering this capability to even more ANZ cardholders before the end of the year.”
Cuscal’s general manager Product and Service, Robert Bell, said: “We’ve partnered with eftpos and Google to ensure that our clients’ eftpos cardholders now have the convenience of paying via their Android phones.
"This adds to our large portfolio of leading digital payment solutions. Cuscal enables multiple financial institutions to compete and lead in payments solutions. We provide our clients’ customers choice in the way they want to pay.”